By using blocks and multilink blocks, students were able to visualise how area and perimeter differ. Forming different shapes using the blocks, being able to calculate how many go around the outside, and how many make up the whole shape gives the students an understanding of how to differentiate between the two aspects of measurement.
Pairs or small groups worked to create their shapes, replicate them in their books, and record both the perimeter and area equations and final measurements.
The activity varied on the chosen shapes. From the very simple shape to the more complex and artistic representation of perimeter and area. Some of these included squares, rectangles, and pyramids and even the whole Simpsons family in block style.
The students discussions were hearty and thoughtful and they were able to confidently explain what they understood about this mathematical concept and how they could use area and perimeter measurements in real life situations.